5-Night & 7-Night Jungle Horseback
We will pick you up at the International Airport in Belize City. A stop at the Belize Zoo can be added to your arrival or departure transfer depending on arrival time if arranged in advance and for an additional fee. After a scenic two-hour drive across Belize, you will arrive at Table Rock after your long day’s journey, relax and decompress to the sounds, smells, and views of our jungle valley before having an open-air dinner and then retiring to your cabana for the night.
After a hearty breakfast, you will be picked up for a rustic 30-minute drive through neighboring villages to our horseback outfitter, Mountain Equestrian Trails (MET). Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. MET will provide water, lunch, a small saddle bag, beach towel and poncho. After an introduction to your horse and orientation, you’ll head out for a full day of riding. You will ride through the rainforest to an ancient Mayan cave. Explore and discover interesting formations and evidence of the Mayan culture in pottery remnants and potsherds that are hundreds of years old. (Please don’t touch them!) After the cave, refresh yourself with a cool dip in the crystal clear waters of Butterfly Falls and feast on a gourmet picnic lunch. Return to MET between 3:00 and 4:00 PM. After a refreshing beverage, you will be driven back to Table Rock to freshen up for dinner and lively conversation with other guests.
This is another full day of horseback riding, this time to Nohoch Sayab River cave at Barton Creek. The trail meanders through the village of El Progresso where refugees from Guatemala and El Salvador are living. The trail then passes through a Mennonite community where you can observe ancient farming practices such as horse-drawn buggies, plows, and mills. As you make your way down the steep narrow road to the valley floor, you will be astounded by the size of fruit trees and tropical flora in the fertile Barton Creek valley. Arriving at Mike’s Place, you will step into a canoe, and paddle upstream in the shade of a huge vine covered limestone cliff, then suddenly disappear, paddling deep into the sparkling river cave. When you return to the mouth of the cave, enjoy a swim and a delicious lunch before returning to MET. Your day ends with another fabulous dinner at Table Rock’s palm-thatched dining room.
This day begins with a beautiful half-day horseback ride followed by lunch in the MET Cantina. From there you’ll hop in a vehicle to visit the Maya ruins and do some shopping in San Ignacio. The destination for the half-day ride is a secluded hidden valley where you will ride along a winding creek and enjoy the exotic tropical vegetation and excellent opportunities for sighting colorful rainforest birds and iridescent butterflies. After lunch, you will return to Table Rock for a chance to shower and change clothes. Your MET guide will then accompany you on a tour to a Mayan site followed by shopping, or optional cultural tours in San Ignacio, or simply experiencing the ambiance of the lovely town of San Ignacio at the confluence of the Mopan and Macal Rivers where they merge into the Belize River. You will return to Table Rock for dinner and a relaxing evening.
Today is a full day of riding to the Big Rock Falls in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. The trail winds through varied ecosystems and terrain while your guide points out features and explains traditional uses of rainforest plants. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and swimming at the beautiful waterfalls, relax awhile and then mount the horses for a rejuvenating ride home. Return to Table Rock for a final dinner and overnight in the jungle. On Day 6 we will drive you back to Belize City where you can catch your flight or water taxi to your next destination.